Build & Grow Relationships

The best policies are based on data-driven research, using engaged, diverse stakeholders and by fostering thought that motivates people to think regionally. It is a process that CREC has done successfully since 2009, and it has helped expand our client base and grow communities. Clients vary from single municipalities and private-sector firms:

• Cities • Think tanks
• States • National organizations

Client Profile

Cedar Valley Regional Partnership

The Cedar Valley Regional Partnership is a six-county economic development marketing partnership focused on attracting business investments to Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Butler, Chickasaw and Grundy counties in Iowa.

The region is uniquely located for business and within five hours of ten economic Midwest hubs that include:

  • Chicago
  • St. Louis
  • Milwaukee
  • Minneapolis
  • Omaha

The partnership focuses on the following sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Leading Logistics
  • Food Processing
  • Agri-Based Biotechnology
  • Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurial Development


Project Catalogue

Developing A Workforce Strategy for the Cedar Valley Region
Start Date: Jan 2008 — End Date: Mar 2009

In partnership with the Institute for Decision Making at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, C2ER/CREC helped to facilitate a workforce strategy designed to bring together partners from the economic development, workforce development, higher education, and K-12 systems. Key partners involved in the process included the Cedar Valley Regional [Economic Development] Alliance, the […]